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A Piece of My Mind
June 16, 1999

Cold Blue

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Edited by Roxanne K. Young, Associate Editor.

JAMA. 1999;281(23):2168. doi:10.1001/jama.281.23.2168

The water is cold, as I stand knee-deep against the current, casting my fly to the head of the riffle. The fly drifts lazily downstream and I try mending the leader to minimize the drag. However, toward the end of the run, the leader is pulled taut by the faster current, spoiling the presentation. A sudden, brief flash of silver awakens my adrenals, but the unnatural drag of the fly alerts the trout to my deception and he turns away. The chilly canyon breeze that begins each evening augments this catecholamine-induced shiver, now coursing through my body.